|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex (19-7)||25||20||25||16||11||2|
|Huston-Tillotson (Texas) (26-5)||19||25||22||25||15||3|
|San Antonio, TX|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Indv. Leaders||Huston-Tillotson (Texas)|
|2 Players (#9,#11) - 15||Kills||#6 Tiara Thompson - 16|
|#13 Tijana Kruta - 8||Blocks||#13 Adna De Andrade - 11|
|#4 Alyssa Marquez - 25||Digs||#3 Mir Tillman - 25|
|3 Players - 1||Aces||#2 Alysia Garcia - 2|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Team Statistics||Huston-Tillotson (Texas)|
SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 9, 2019) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) volleyball team fell in a nail biter 2-3 to Huston-Tillotson University (HTU) in the championship match of the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Championship Tournament. The Saints finish the season as runners-up of the RRAC Tournament and 19-7 overall.
Head Coach Scott Mattera commented, "HT played like champions; the two teams played like champions. Anyone who came to this match today had to be impressed with the NAIA-level volleyball that was played. It was intense. Both teams showed so much class and respect throughout the whole thing - that's what a championship match is supposed to look like.
"Deep down, I am proud of what we just did, but it hurts coming up that short though. Looking back at the season [with a lot of injuries to overcome], if someone would have told us we'd be here in game five of the championships with everything we have had to face, it would be unreal [to us]. But it speaks to the heart of our team. A lot of them, we challenged them really hard to buy into this whole idea that toughness is positive and staying positive is being tough - and they showed it this weekend. That's more rewarding than any trophy can be, and it's something that is going to go forward for the rest of their lives."
Mattera is hopeful for a successful season next year. "There's a lot of good stuff happening. With Fazio and Rivera graduating - they've been pillars of this program for many years - and we are just trying to make them proud. With the legacy that we are building, we want to see those alumni coming back. I think we did make them proud last night and today."
The Saints battled to win the first set 25-19 and only committed four errors. The Rams responded by grabbing the second set 25-20 despite tallying seven errors, the most in a single set during the match for HTU. Another close set went to the Saints in the third frame 25-22 fueled by 15 kills. The Rams controlled most of the fourth set to force a decisive fifth set. After a back-and-forth fifth set the Rams took control late and won 15-11 to capture the RRAC Tournament Championship.
This is the 27th matchup against HTU. The Saints are 24-2 against the Rams and split the regular season series 1-1.
Scoring overview against HTU
Set One – OLLU 25 – HTU 19
Set Two – HTU 25 – OLLU 20
Set Three – OLLU 25 – HTU 22
Set Four – HTU 25 – OLLU 16
Set Five – HTU 15 – OLLU 11
In the first set, OLLU recorded 16 kills and four errors on 42 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .286.
The Saints had 12 kills in the second set and nine errors on 39 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .077.
In the third set, OLLU had 15 kills and five errors on 50 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .200.
The Saints had 12 kills in the fourth set and five errors on 42 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .167.
In the fifth set, OLLU had nine kills and six errors on 26 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .115.
Much need help
Anissa Tamez (JR/San Antonio, Texas) finished with an impressive 60 assists for the Saints.
On the offense
Overall, the Saints had 64 kills for a hitting percentage of .176. Huston-Tillotson had 61 kills for a hitting percentage of .212.
Leading the way for the Saints were Ballesteros and Rivera with 15 kills each. Natalie Fazio (SR/Plano, Texas) followed with 14 kills.
HTU's Tiara Thompson led the Rams with 16 kills.
OLLU had a total of 95 digs, led by Alyssa Marquez (SO/Albuquerque, N.M.) with 25. HTU had a total of 98 digs, led by Mir Tillman with 25.
Serving it up
Both teams recorded three service aces. Rivera, Tijana Kruta (SO/Bar, Montenegro), and Fazio each tallied an ace for the Saints.